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Yankees send Rule 5 pick Jamie Hoffmann back to Dodgers … for now

Mar 22, 2010, 3:47 PM EDT

Back in December the Nationals selected Dodgers minor leaguer Jamie Hoffmann with the first pick in the Rule 5 draft and then sent him to the Yankees in a pre-arranged deal for Brian Bruney.
Hoffmann was thought to be a near-lock for a spot on New York’s bench, but apparently the Yankees decided against keeping him on the 25-man roster all season (per the Rule 5 … well, rules) and sent him back to the Dodgers this afternoon.
Hoffmann had to clear waivers before becoming Los Angeles’ property again, which means no other teams were willing to keep him in the majors all season. However, according to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News the Yankees may be trying to work out a second deal for Hoffmann outside of the Rule 5 parameters that would allow them to send him to Triple-A.
Feinsand notes “whispers in recent weeks about the Yankees sending either Chad Gaudin or Sergio Mitre to Los Angeles for Hoffmann.” Not a bad deal for the Dodgers, who essentially gave up Hoffmann for nothing by failing to protect him with a 40-man roster spot just a few months ago. Meanwhile, it looks more and more likely that the Yankees’ final bench spot will go to veteran Marcus Thames, who could end up paired with Brett Gardner as a platoon starter against left-handed pitching.

  1. Charles Gates - Mar 22, 2010 at 4:04 PM

    Or some dude named Elijah.

  2. BC - Mar 22, 2010 at 4:10 PM

    “Rule #5… there IS no Rule #5!!”

  3. YANKEES1996 - Mar 22, 2010 at 5:13 PM

    I’m glad we sent him back, now don’t bring him back. As a matter of fact can we send Marcus Thames to Dodgers too?

  4. Nasty Boy - Mar 22, 2010 at 5:31 PM

    Its bad enough they lost Bruney for this bum, but now their thinking about bringing him back at the expense of Gaudin ,or Mitre, they must be on drugs.Someone needs to tell them pitching is hard to come by.If they are going to trade either Mitre or Gaudin, I’m sure they could get alot more for either of them than Hoffman. Hello Yankees , don’t make stupid moves, especially involving pitching, especially for a nobody.

  5. jwb - Mar 22, 2010 at 5:59 PM

    I was thinking just the opposite, Nasty Boy. The Dodgers have a glut of somewhat below average options for their #5 starter, why would they trade an outfield prospect for another one? Especially since Gaudin and Mitre are out of options and would have to clear waivers if they don’t win the fifth starter role. They would likely be giving Hoffmann away for nothing.

  6. Big Harold - Mar 22, 2010 at 6:00 PM

    “Its bad enough they lost Bruney …’
    Bruney was gone the moment that he decided that it was a good idea to spray Hal Steinbrenner with champagne after the Yankees won the World Series. Mo would’ve gotten away with that but average bull pen guys who faltered down the stretch shouldn’t be acting the fool. I was surprised that he wasn’t released before the victory parade.

  7. Nasty Boy - Mar 22, 2010 at 7:12 PM

    I understand your point, but my point especially in Mitre’s case , I feel he will come around. Girardi had him in Florida and saw alot in him before his arm injury. I don’t feel he’s at a full 100% yet. Gaudin showed last year that he could pitch, of the two I like Mitre.In essence I feel they could get way more for either of those pitchers than Hoffman. As I stated earlier, I feel they hosed themselves in essence trading Bruney for this guy. I know they seem to have a glut of good relievers, but the old saying goes, “you never have enough pitching” starting and relieving. That’s my take on it.

  8. BC - Mar 22, 2010 at 11:59 PM

    Bruney throws realllly hard, but he’s so far out of shape and made no commitment to be in shape that the Yanks dumped him. One thing if you’re 290 lbs and CC Sabathia. Quite another if you’re 290 lbs and an oft injured reliever who is 4th or 5th on the depth chart.

  9. jason - Apr 14, 2010 at 2:48 PM

    Have any of you ever even SEEN Jaime play? He is an above average athlete, played shortstop in High School and was moved to the outfield by the Dodgers. He was their TOP outfield prospect and if they were smart they would just let Manny go and give Jaime his spot. This kid is a hitter, one that will go for power and average and has above average fielding skills. The Yankees know that he would be a GREAT asset for their club and that is why they should do all they can to keep him on their team. If he goes back to the Dodgers, they can save money (which they will need thanks to the divorce proceedings going on) and let Manny go. His stupid antics are not worth the money he is paid.

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